Oktoberfest Food Ideas

Oktoberfest Foods

The world’s biggest beer festival that is famous for drinking and eating is celebrated in Munich, Germany and is recognized as Oktoberfest. It is a traditional festival that is celebrated every year and lasts for 16 days.  In short, Oktoberfest refers to two weeks of Bavarian beer with wurst, pretzels, schinitzel, kraut, brisket, dumplings, and the list goes on.  Millions of people join this traditional festival in a traditional Bavarian attire and enjoy the traditional Bavarian meals that go great with beer. Those who cannot go there usually set up an Oktoberfest party at their place, either inside of their home or in the backyard.

To arrange and set up a true Oktoberfest party at your place demands planning beforehand to save the time for other arrangements. While planning the menu, remember to stick to the authentic Bavarian food. The Oktoberfest food tables served in Bavarian tents are filled with multiple options from the following categories.

  •         Drinks  (mainly Beer)
  •         Starters (soups/pretzels)
  •         Main coarse items (grilled, sausages, dumplings, stew, etc.)
  •         Desserts

The richness of the German culture and their love for food have resulted in an expanded variety of food items. If you don’t want to indulge yourself in digging and searching for the food ideas to decorate your table, you can follow our easy to make yet authentic Bavarian chow that goes great with Bavarian beer.

Bratwurst Stewed With Sauerkraut


Bratwurst is a must for Oktoberfest, but it is served in a variety of ways with different combinations. Sauerkraut and bratwurst both go great together, so we are sharing the recipe of this heavenly combination.


  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 pounds fresh bratwurst
  • 2 onions (chopped)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seed
  • 4 cups sauerkraut, drained
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 1 baguette


  1. Pour oil in a pan and heat over the flame.
  2. Add bratwurst in it and stir until it turns brown, and then reduce the flame.
  3. Now add chopped onion and minced garlic to make it caramelized.
  4. Mix in the paprika, caraway seeds, chicken stock, and sauerkraut, and let it simmer for 40 minutes.
  5. Turn off the flame and add freshly chopped dill.
  6. It goes well with pita bread, baguette, or any bread of your choice.

Potato And Beer Soup

The health value of soup in any meal is unquestionable. Its aroma enhances the appetite and is mostly consumed as a starter. During Oktoberfest, wide variety of soups are served to the revelers to keep them energetic and charged.


  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 cups peeled and chopped large russet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces sliced smoked bacon
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 stalks celery (diced)
  • 2 bay leaves                                                                                                                                               
  • 1 small bundle fresh thyme, tied together
  • 1 Cup diced leek, green top trimmed
  • 1 cup light German beer, such as Pilsner
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh chives


  1. Boil one cup of potatoes with 2 cups of chicken stock until they get tender.
  2. Add mustard and then blend them to form a purée.
  3. Fry the bacon in oil and then spread it over the paper towel.
  4. Reserve three tablespoons of fat for later use. In this fat, add carrots, sprinkle salt and black pepper and stir for three minutes. Then add all the leftover vegetables and herbs in it.
  5. Cook until vegetables are soft, pour beer in it and let it simmer for 2-4 minutes.
  6. Now add the leftover chicken stock and puree, and let the mixture cook until everything is tender.
  7. After that ladle into soup bowls and crumble the fried bacon over the soup.

German Potato Salad

potato salad

German potato salad is a famous salad that Germans love to eat on almost all occasions. It is easy to prepare and sweet, and the tangy taste of mustard makes this salad a big hit.


  • 1 pound fingerling potatoes
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Boil the potatoes in the water until they get tender.
  2. Take them out, peel them and cut them into cubes.
  3. Fry the bacon in oil for 4 minutes until it gets crispy.
  4. Spread the bacon on paper towel and in the same pan, add onion and cook it until it’s soft.
  5. Then add garlic till you feel aroma.
  6. Mix in the mustard and vinegar.
  7. Make sure to mix it well and after that remove it from the stove.
  8. Finally, add and coat potatoes in it, put in parsley and season with salt and pepper.

Apple Cranberry Strudel

Apple strudel is a must for Oktoberfest. The golden colored strudel with delicious cinnamon tossed apples and cranberries peeping through it make strudel a perfect choice for dessert.


  • 8oz Puff Pastry
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 egg beaten lightly with 1 tablespoon water
  • Confectioners’ sugar for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat over at 350F.
  2. Mix sugar, cinnamon, and flour together, then add in cranberries with slices of apples and lemon juice.
  3. Make sure all apples are well-coated.
  4. Now roll the puff pastry into a rectangular shape, and dish out the apple mixture on ½ of the puff pastry.
  5. Keep one inch border at the end closest to you, and roll up the empty half of the pastry over the other half and seal the corners.
  6. Apply two cuts on the top to let the steam escape.
  7. Bake till the pastry color turns golden for about 35-40minutes, and let it cool for 20 minutes and sprinkle sugar before serving.

We have presented a complete menu with soup as starter, main course, salad and dessert. However, for more choices you can always search the internet. If you are new in cooking and baking, then always go for quick and easy to prepare Bavarian dishes, as they will turn out great and you will save your valuable time.



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